Firefighters battling to contain fire in SW Turkey

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Firefighters are battling to contain a forest fire which erupted in southwestern Turkey.

The fire broke out on Wednesday in Dalaman, in the Muğla province, for unknown reasons and has so far burned some 350 hectares of forestland, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said in a statement.

A total of 520 firefighters, 105 water tankers, and 18 bulldozers battled the flames, which wind helped spread to the nearby town of Fethiye.

There have been no casualties from the fire.

Nearly 34 houses were evacuated for safety reasons, Muğla Governor Esengül Civelek told Anadolu Agency.

Speaking to reporters in Muğla early Thursday, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said firefighters had gotten the blaze under control.

There were no casualties or property losses, he added, saying that only a boutique hotel with no one in it had suffered minor damage.

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